X Factor judge Gary Barlow wishes he’d released Afghanistan cover as single

by Nick Barnes
Gary Barlow Journey to Afghanistan

Gary Barlow Journey to Afghanistan

Former X Factor judge Gary Barlow has revealed that he kicked himself when he did not release his Afghanistan song as a single.

The star appeared on ITV documentary Journey to Afghanistan last night in which he performed a number of songs for the personnel, but one song in particular stuck in his mind…

The special documentary was recorded earlier this year and Mr. Barlow was seen bringing some cheer to the personnel serving over in Afghanistan.

During the documentary, Gary played a number of Take That hits along with He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother.

However, a very heartfelt cover of Michael Buble’s ‘Home’ is the one that really stuck with Gary. As he performed the song last night, we saw pictures of soldiers holding up messages for their loved ones back at home, which certainly left a little lump in our throats with it being Christmas.

Speaking to The Mirror, the all-rounder said that his team did discuss releasing the track as a single, but he didn’t want to go “milking it too much”. However, when he did return to the UK, he kicked himself as it would have been a brilliant idea to release the track.

Gary Barlow Journey to Afghanistan

“We thought about all that, but I thought it would be milking it too much,” he explained “I thought a one hour special on this whole thing was going to be enough”.

He continued: “But, of course, now I’ve come back and I’ve gone ‘damn, we should have done that’ because they were all so brilliant”.

The cover of Buble’s ‘Home’ has received some pretty good feedback so far, so who knows whether the decision will change in the future.

Following the show last night, a whole host of celebrities took to Twitter to say how amazing the documentary was.

Geordie Shore’s Vicky Pattison tweeted: “Watching @GaryBarlow: Journey to Afghanistan and I love him more than ever!! So much respect for all of our soldiers out there”.

She added: “Sobbing my heart out now- @GaryBarlow deserves a knighthood- And I can’t even express what th men n women out in Afghanistan deserve! (Sic)”.

Phillip Schofield went on to say: “Are you watching @GaryBarlow’s Journey to Afghanistan? It’s a really good watch”.

This Morning’s Holly Willoughby finally added: “I’m in bits watching itv right now… What a brilliant show! Well done Mr Barlow xxx”.


Nick Barnes

Nick is the Assistant Editor at Unreality TV, along with being a full-time Beyoncé obsessor! Email him at nick@unrealitytv.co.uk or catch him on Twitter @ImNickBarnes